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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie's beloved musical ode to garbage, small town policing, and military conscription, celebrates many anniversaries. The song – its full name is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" – has its conception on Thanksgiving Day, 1965, when Guthrie, then 18, and friend Rick Robbins, 19, were clearing out the Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of Alice and Ray Brock.
The Coney-Island-born Guthrie, son of folk icon Woody Guthrie (who named him Arlo because it seemed "a good name for a professional"), attended the private coed boarding school where Alice was a librarian; Ray taught carpentry. Drawn to the Brocks's laissez-faire lifestyle, Guthrie and other students spent much of their free time at their home, a former church. Eventually, Alice, a Brooklyn native like Guthrie himself, opened a small restaurant just off Stockbridge's main street.

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Fittingly, it was a Thanksgiving feast prepared by Alice that started the events memorialized in Guthrie's song--a work that capsulized a young generation's disaffection with bureaucratic stupidity, resonated as an anti-war anthem and still captivates audiences with its simple melody, gentle narrative and infectious chorus. On that fateful holiday, a dozen or so young guests overnighted in sleeping bags on the church's first floor sanctuary -- the Brocks occupied the bell tower. Appreciating the hospitality, Arlo, on Thanksgiving break from his first (and last) semester as a Montana college forestry major, decided the least he could do was help clean up.

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I have sat on the Group W bench a time or two myself. :)

#1 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-11-23 11:01 AM | Reply

A hippy friend of mine played that for me on tape back in the eighties. I thought it was hilarious. Of course, today we know that hippies are racist Nazis for supporting free speech, so I'm probably a bad person for liking it.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-23 11:31 AM | Reply

"Of course, today we know that hippies are racist Nazis for supporting free speech, so I'm probably a bad person for liking it."

You are, as usual, full of crap. Tellingly "a hippy friend" had to play this for you because you are too ignorant to have known about it on your own. My generation can mostly recite it and none of us turned into racist or Nazis. Those haters were around back in my day singing "I'm an Oakie from Muskogie" and chanting "America, love it or leave it." A few have learned the error of their ways but too many, like you, are too obstinate to ever admit they were totally wrong about so many things.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-23 12:25 PM | Reply

- supporting free speech

Turkey "thinks" firing weapons at black people, beating up a woman in a mixed racial couple, and running over another woman with a car is, "free speech".

What a moran.

Arlo, otoh, didn't want a pickle, he just wanted to ride on his motorcycle.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-23 12:33 PM | Reply

- Arlo, otoh, didn't want a pickle, he just wanted to ride on his motorcycle.

I wonder what his opinion is of the current state of D party.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-23 12:40 PM | Reply

#3 Where was I ever wrong in believing in the Bill of Rights, even though it is a racist document?

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-23 12:51 PM | Reply

Have it on our iTunes library and will be playing it this afternoon as we do every Thanksgiving. Afterwards we watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show [British Vesrion]

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-11-23 01:01 PM | Reply

- believing in the Bill of Rights,

The kind if violence we see from the Nazi marchers you are coddling isn't free speech.

Obviously voting for Trump and pimping for him has made you stupid.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-23 02:59 PM | Reply

NBC just cut from the field view of the Skins game to a shot of owner Dan Snyder.

Sitting behind him is Alan Greenspan, and beside him, Andrea Mitchell.

#collusion

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-23 10:31 PM | Reply

andrea mitchell and alan greenspan are husband and wife.

#10 | Posted by cjk85 at 2017-11-24 02:46 PM | Reply

The kind of violence we see from the Nazi marchers you are coddling isn't free speech.

#8 | POSTED BY CORKY

of course it is. it's only not free (and incorrect) when they commit acts of bodily harm. So far, only one or two nazis have committed acts of personal violence, the rest of the 'speakers' are free to say what they want. Plus, they have the president and his sheep behind them.

I'll give you an example. Corporations and foreign governments paying off congresspeople used to be illegal, until they won in the supreme court. Now, it is legal and it is considered free speech to bribe congresspeople.

#11 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-25 08:04 AM | Reply

- when they commit acts of bodily harm.

Um, which is the violence of which we speak; violence committed at most or all of Spencer's marches.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-25 09:47 PM | Reply

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